I needed to get my voter’s registration application in yesterday, and looking online, found that you could drop them off at Driver’s License facilities.
Hey, I thought, I need to renew my license before November, anyhow, so I’ll just go do both!
Get there, and the guy in front of me wants to register to vote. Nope, he’s told - he can only register to vote if he’s doing license or ID related business as well. If he just wants to register to vote, he can try a library or a polling place, he was told. Next up, me, for renewal and registration to vote, no problem, here’s your number, sit there, $10 at the end for the license, they’ll register you to vote at the same time.
While I’m waiting, I hear several other people come in wanting to register to vote. Nope, they’re told, only if you’re doing something with your license or ID also. And then the weird part: the woman working the front desk suggests that maybe they want to get a replacement license or ID? Or change their height or weight? Or is their address current? All of these, of course, would result in “something with their license” enabling them to register to vote, but all of them cost money to have done.
So this feels weird to me. It feels like the DMV was basically extorting money out of people in order to let them register to vote, when the Board of Elections’ website said they could come here to register to vote - and registering to vote is free.
Am I crazy?